Maoism it seems has even touched the Oriya industry and since the issue is very current, the industry has already produced a film which is called Swayamsiddha.The film is a complete potboiler with songs, a love story, action(lots of it) and even Maoists among other things to make it a complete film. The film has a love story as part of the story though the Maoists are the central plot and it is just a subplot however too many unnecessary songs spoil the mood of such a kind of film which didn’t demand it.
The Maoists are making life miserable for the people around the borders of Orissa, Chattishgarh and Andhra Pradesh. A journalist Raj Kumar Ray goes there with his cameraman to get mileage and make a cover story .Soon after reaching there, he is captured by the Maoists and taken away though his cameraman is not taken as a prisoner. The Maoists want to keep Raj and trade him for one of their group members who is in custody of the police. They will only release him only if the police release their man.
The Chief Minister and the entire administration are at a complete loss as they cant understand as to how they can tackle the situation.Raj discovers that the second in command of the Maoists , Comrade Swayamsiddha is actually his love in college Shreya.The police carry out an attack one day where the leader of the Maoists Digbijoy is injured while saving Raj .He brings Digbijoy back to the hideout late at night where he recovers from his injury in due course of time.Raj comes to know that Shreya had been forced to become ‘Swayamsiddha’ due to circumstances as her brother had been framed on false charges as a terrorist and had been killed by them. Her father had been also tortured by the police and he had passed away due to a heart attack. Her mother had gone mad therefore she had taken this role to get back at the administration.
The police along with the joint forces carry out a major operation called Operation Indramati where the Maoists are in fact given a tough fight by the armed forces.Swayamsiddha asks Raj to go away and he goes away. She is herself also at the crossroad of her life when she has to decide which life she wants to lead .She decides to give up her present life and surrender to the police. Though Digbijoy is not happy with this decision initially, however he gives in later. She goes to the police and surrenders in front of everyone at a function.
There is a vast difference between this Oriya film and other Oriya films. It stars one of their biggest stars Siddhant who stars as Comrade Digbijoy, leader of the Maoists and he is extremely convincing in his role. Most of the things about this film is convincing and the extreme point of this film is it’s cinematography. The Orissa borders and other destinations have been captured like never before and are mindblowing.The action sequences are excellent and one particular sequence or stunt where Digbijoy grabs Raj’s midair when he is falling and the entire sequence before and after is spectacular and looks nothing less than a Hollywood film. Bravo!
This film in fact has been selected to represent Oriya films at the Goa Film Festival.